What can you tell me about bulgur wheat in terms of taste, nutrition and uses?
Can I, for instance, eat it like an oatmeal?
– Dennise O’Grady
Bay Head, NJ
Whole grain bulgur is a great source of nutrients.
When cooked, a cup of it provides:
- 151 calories
- 8 grams fiber
- 6 grams protein
- “Good” to “excellent” amounts of iron, magnesium, manganese, and the B-vitamin complex (all except B12, of course)
The subtle nutty flavor of bulgur makes for an interesting alternative to traditional grain-based side dishes (i.e.: brown rice, whole wheat cous cous).
Some people eat it in place of oatmeal, but I personally like to use it as a base for salads.
One of my favorite concoctions is a salad (served at room temperature) composed of (cooked) whole grain bulgur, chickpeas, chopped onion, parsley, lemon juice, and toasted sesame oil.